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Minnesota Vikings Release Three Players

After the draft and signing UDFAs, a few players had to go

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In the wake of the 2017 NFL Draft and the signing of numerous Undrafted Free Agents, the Minnesota Vikings found themselves with 93 players on their roster. On Thursday, they released three players to get that number down to 90.

The three players that were released by the Vikings were defensive lineman Sterling Bailey, offensive tackle Marquis Lucas, and safety Cedric Thompson.

Thompson is probably the most familiar of those names to Vikings fans, having played his college ball at the University of Minnesota. Thompson, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, was signed to Minnesota’s practice squad twice last season (once in October and once in December), and signed a futures contract with the team after the season was finished.

Bailey was signed to the team’s practice squad back in October and also signed a futures contract with the team, but never got onto the active roster with the Vikings. Lucas was added to the practice squad back in December.

With these cuts, the Vikings are at 90 players on the roster. With rookie mini-camp happening at Winter Park this coming weekend, we’ll have to see if any of the invited rookies impress enough to bump anyone else off of the squad.